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Pokemon Gold & Silver leak reveals beta designs and missing species

Published: 26/Apr/2020 16:11

by Paul Cot

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Perhaps one of the most notable leaks in Pokemon history has surfaced. Species that didn’t cut make the cut for Pokemon Gold and Silver have been found alongside alternate designs for those that did.

In 2018 Pokemon enthusiasts managed to obtain the 1997 Space World demo of Gold and Silver. Yes, that’s the year before Pokemon Red and Blue even hit North America.

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For those of you who don’t know, Space World was a Nintendo video game trade show hosted in Japan. The 1997 demo of the second mainline Pokemon game showed fans early designs of all the species and how they changed from 1997 until it was released in 2000 (NA and Europe).

Now though, another demo of Pokemon Gold and Silver has leaked – the 1999 Space World version. This provides fans with even more of an insight as to just how close some designs, and even entirely different species, were to making the cut.

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Had a couple of decisions in the Nintendo and Game Freak offices gone another way, then the Gen 2 Pokedex could look very different to what it does today. So, let’s break down the exciting leak.

Before we start though, it isn’t clear how these files were obtained – be it legally or not. One of the websites hosting the leaked details (and images) has already removed them citing fears Nintendo may come after them.

As such we will not be hosting any images either. It isn’t clear who was the first to get their hands on the 1999 Gold Silver Space World demo but now that they have leaked the info won’t be going away.

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Alternate designs

A big part of the leak is the Pokedex entries for all 251 Pokemon were found. All of them have been uploaded on the allthepics website (which you can see for yourself by clicking the link).

They show the color sprites for each Pokemon and their description. That still needs to be translated from Japanese, though.

Perhaps the most noteworthy design is Celebi. The sole Gen 2 Mythical Pokemon looks very different to get it ended up being in the final game.

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Judging by its appearance and popularity even today, many fans will be happy the design was upgraded.

Elsewhere, Pichu also looked a little different. Its gormless expression has led it to be compared to the popular Pikachu meme of it looking shocked.

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Pichu was always part of Gold and Silver’s plans but even before the first games were released, various other notable Gen 1 species were supposed to have baby forms as well. Obviously these didn’t make it into either Gen 1 or 2.

Meanwhile, we can only assume that Larvitar’s design was a placeholder. The same can be said for Teddiursa who looks nothing more than a basic teddy bear. Who knows though, maybe these were intended to be put into the real game before a change of heart.

Interestingly it looks like Teddiursa’s initial design was that of the original fire-starter. “Honooguma”, a direct Japanese translation, was used in place of Cyndaquil in the 1997 demo. After a change in design, it would then become Teddiursa instead, as you can see below.

Missing Pokemon

Beta designs of Pokemon that did make the cut are one thing, but the ones who never made it all are perhaps even more interesting. We don’t have much context about these sprites but these were found in the 1999 demo code.

They can be viewed on Imgur. With the leaked file reportedly having 100,000 assets to sift through and 600 ROMs, it is going to take a while to fully investigate. We’re likely to get even more details in the days to come. Then there is the side plot of how Nintendo are going to react to this.

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.

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That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!

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Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

Snivy

So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.

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Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

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Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.

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Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.